August 25, 1918

25th letter

Dear Ma:-

Back at headquarters once more with very little to report. The work is about the same, easing up a little if anything. The chef has been away for a week or so and came back the day before yesterday. Yesterday a Red Cross captain came out to see us and told us some very interesting things. Among others, he said that most of the Army ambulance sections would not interfere with us, that certain ambulance units would be leaving soon, and consequently that the Red Cross would continue its five sections as long as the men stayed and when it was impossible to run five they would run four, etc. He also said that a bill had passed Congress in which it is provided that all men between 16 and 21 will not be drafted until all those between 21 and 45 have been taken, and that nobody will be allowed to volunteer but will have to wait until they are drafted. Consequently, I can't just see the reason for coming home right away, although some boys are going on September 15th and I might be able to get away if I wanted to then.

At present I think the best thing to do is to stay here until something is definitely decided and then see what opportunities are open. Perhaps they will start some instruction camps in France that I could get into. Anyway, I gather that if you go home, you can get in anything and you can't get back here.

The last two days here in headquarters we-have been living pretty high for we had a "grande gesta" when the chef came back and when the captain came out here. A couple of days ago a letter came from you and one from Betty. That certainly was a coincidence about Betty's two sailor friends. I am glad to know where we went because we kept going north, north, north all the time.

The section is fine now. Huber has reformed after two or three what one might call set backs, when he was told a few straight words and one of his friends, who has about as much common sense or initiative as a hen, is practically ostracised and disregarded by everybody. Carr has also been shown up a bit in a couple of ways such as being extremely slow and when he gets on a road alone which he does not know and comes to a fork, instead of going one way or the other until he finds somebody on a road he knows, he will stop and wait, and if nobody comes in twenty minutes or so sort of reluctantly go ahead. He is fuller, too, of the most foolish questions and impositions about everything from donkey carts to big cannon, that everybody gets a little bored about it. There has been a wonderful moon lately and yet very little bombing.

Eggs, peaches, watermelons, canteloupes and lemons are very plentiful and we eat enough of them. We always get good food but not always enough, especially for breakfast, which consists of coffee and jam. I have been getting a couple of eggs and "pollenta", sort of a fine hominy, for breakfast, and we eat peaches after a dust ride instead of drinking questionable water. Fveryluhinz is fine though not very exciting.


P.S. Is naval aviation open to volunteers and what are the conditions, age, etc.